A New Jersey-based provider is partnering with a national organization that offers indoor gardening programs for seniors in long-term care, just in time for spring.
Springpoint on Wednesday announced its new partnership with Eldergrow to bring its gardening programs to several of its senior living and life plan communities, including the 120-bed skilled nursing facility Village Point Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Monroe Township, NJ.
The organization’s full-service horticulture program, which runs year round, provides evidence-based therapeutic horticulture classes for residents that include culinary harvesting, garden art and nature classes.
The operator touted the program’s indoor gardens as being easily accessible to residents. They can stand or sit and while participating in the hands-on activities. The gardens also only use non-toxic plants and organic soil.
“Our team is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage our residents physically, socially, cognitively and spiritually,” said Anthony A. Argondizza, president and CEO of Springpoint.
“The new gardens will give Springpoint residents the opportunity to create something with their own hands, giving them a sense of pride as they use the plants they grow for stimulating activities and culinary programs,” he added.
Eldergrow founder and CEO Orla Concannon added that the indoor therapy gardens “not only bring nature indoors, but provide residents with mental and physical stimulation; engage cognitive and creative function and stimulate each of the five senses.”
Spring is sprouting and so will some nice new touches at the involved facilities.